Thursday, 22 May 2014

Heritage Walking Tour Series - A Journey Along the Railway Corridor

             Bukit Timah Station. Photo courtesy of Dr. Lai Chee Kian                     
Tanjong Pagar Station

Date:
 1 June 2014, Sunday
Time: 9.00am - 12.30pm
Tour fee: $16 (for NUS students), $25 (for NUS staff and general public) Limited to 20 pax.

To register, email babahouse@nus.edu.sg or call 6227 5731.

*Please make tour fee payment by 28 May 2014 at NUS Museum upon receiving a confirmation email.

*Details on directions and meeting point will be sent after payment is made.


The railway network linking Singapore to West Malaysia was established at the turn of the 20th century and served both economic and social activities in British Malaya. From Johor Bahru, the southern-most station in the peninsula, the line extended into Singapore through Bukit Timah and terminated at Tank Road. Later extensions connected the railway to the wharves in Tanjong Pagar district. In 1932, the Tanjong Pagar station opened and served as the southern termius of rail operator Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTM) till 2011 when operations were relocated to the Woodlands Train Checkpoint.


The tour introduces participants to the two remaining stations along the network -  Tanjong Pagar and Bukit Timah which have been gazetted as a national monument and a conserved building respectively. Time permitting; the bus will make a trip to Blair Road for a bird's eye view of the abandoned railway yard.

Please click
here to view the eflyer.

About the Tour Leader:
Dr. Lai Chee Kien researches on histories of art, architecture, settlements, urbanism and landscapes in Southeast Asia. He is a registered architect, and graduated from the National University of Singapore with an M Arch. by research [1996], and then a PhD in History of Architecture & Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley [2005]. His publications include A Brief History of Malayan Art (1999), Building Merdeka: Independence Architecture in Kuala Lumpur, 1957-1966 (2007) and Cords to Histories (2013).

Heritage Walking Tour Series:
The Heritage Walking Tour Series presents one with a chance to re-encounter sites and their significance to Singapore's complex urban heritage. Guided by researches and academics, these tours take the participants through the layers of urban change, introducing aspects of history, architecture and society. Whether you are a Singaporean, permanent resident or in town for a day, you will enjoy the experience and often the untold stories behind the streets, back alleys and landmarks of Singapore. 

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